On a team of oddballs and easily overlooked characters, Lila Cheney’s bodyguard Guido, under the alias of Strong Guy, is probably the most oddball and easily overlooked of the second X-Factor line-up. Perhaps because of that, he became sort of the signature character for the team, a fixture for incarnations going forward. The team’s line-up just really feel complete without him. So, making a toy version of the team without him simply hasn’t happened. The advent of Build-A-Figures for Minimates finally made it possible to make this five man team work in an assortment that could still sell to retailers, all while giving us the whole line-up in a single shot. And, hey, it gives Strong Guy his second ever action figure. Not bad. Not bad at all.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Strong Guy is the Build-A-Figure for the 78th Series of Marvel Minimates. He’s the fourth Minimate BaF, and the first one to really take advantage of the ability to get a slightly larger ‘mate out there by divvying up their pieces amongst four sets. Unlike the rest of the assortment, Strong Guy is totally new to Minimates, which makes sense, what with him not really having other bankable looks to fall back on like the rest of the two teams. The figure stands 2 1/2 inches tall and he has 14 points of articulation, though like most bulked up ‘mates, there’s the caveat of the articulation all being rather limited. Strong Guy starts with the basic ‘mate body, and then has add-ons for the torso cap, pelvis cap (with a torso extender), bulked up thighs, and straps for the wrists and ankles. Somewhat amusingly, he doesn’t get the poofy upper arm sleeves like Havok and Polaris, which makes his arms seem slightly under-developed. Why they didn’t opt to include those parts is anyone’s guess, but I suppose it’s possible they just didn’t cost out. Strong Guy’s torso piece is all-new, and does a respectable job of recreating his distinctive proportions from the comics. The design clips over the standard torso and replaces the arm pegs with another set mounted on the new torso piece. For my money, they seem to sit out a little too far from the core of the body, and I definitely worry about their long-term integrity in terms of posing without breaking. That said, they do the job alright. The rest of the parts are re-used from elsewhere, and keep him inline with his teammates. His paintwork is respectable. The best work is definitely on the face, which gets his design from the comics down. The base color work on the body could be a little crisper, and the paint on some of the joints is a little thick, but he looks alright. He’s got no accessories, but he’s technically an accessory himself, so I guess that pans out. It would have been nice to at least get an extra stand for him, though.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Gee, I wonder where Ethan got this Build-A-Figure, built from the parts included in four sets that he just reviewed this week. Yeah, this whole assortment was a gift from my Super Awesome Wife. Havok was my primary focus, but I was also pretty invested in completing Strong Guy as well, which was the main push for rounding out the assortment. He’s not perfect, but he’s a solid recreation of the character. And now I’ve got this pretty nifty little X-Factor team.